The Manchester Bee is a regular feature of the street art and graffiti that adorns many of the surfaces across the city. The earliest example I’ve come across was a large scale graffiti wall sponsored by Adidas entitled “Away” which appeared in the Northern Quarter back in 2009. I’ve been unable to track down the artist responsible thus far.
Another early example appeared in 2012, with the stencil designs below found decorating a lamppost in Manchester Way’s underpass and a yellow danger sign in the Northern Quarter. Again the artist is unknown.
In 2015, he held a poster and mosaic exhibition in Victoria Warehouse (photographs of which are here), along with revealing a multi-storey 20 metre square banner hanging on the end wall of the building, dominating the view over Trafford Road roundabout. After the exhibitions end, the biggest bee in Manchester has made repeated reappearances ever since and is currently on display at the time of writing.
Nearby, in Ancoats on the corner of Blossom and Cotton street, the graffiti below by Tenz was on display during 2015 until refurbishment was completed on the buildings interior.